• Ford + Bergner LLP Senior Associate Selected for The Houston Lawyer Editorial Board July 2018 - Jonathan Jabcuga, a Senior Associate at Ford + Bergner LLP, has been selected to serve on the Editorial Board of The Houston Lawyer magazine, the official magazine of the Houston Bar Association. The Editorial Board is comprised of 21 members of the Houston Bar Association who were each appointed by Houston Bar Association President, Warren Harris. Polly Graham Fohn serves as this year’s Editor in Chief. A bi-monthly publication, The Houston Lawyer focuses each publication on specific topics important to ...
  • Ford + Bergner LLP Participates in annual Houston Bar Association Will-A-Thon Helping Seniors, Veterans, and Disabled Local Residents May 2018 - Ford + Bergner LLP participated in the Houston Bar Association’s annual Will-A-Thon sponsored by the Association’s Elder Law Committee. This event pairs local attorneys with senior citizens, disabled individuals, and veterans of any age (who meet specific income guidelines), providing them the opportunity to create or update simple Wills and basic medical directives, free of charge. Last week, local volunteer attorneys met with residents to gather information to begin document preparation. This week, residents, attorneys, and volunteer notaries and witnesses ...
  • F+B Successfully Removes Trustee Who Stole Assets from Trust April 2018 - In a recent case in Dallas County, F+B represented beneficiaries of a Trust who successfully removed the trustee of the trust for having stolen assets from the Trust. At issue, the beneficiaries’ grandmother had created a trust for her daughter and grandchildren. She named her adult grandson as the trustee of the trust to take over management of the trust upon her death. The trust owned a series of rental properties that generated significant income to the Trust each year, ...
  • Ford + Bergner Attorneys Selected to Speak at a Two Day Seminar April 2018 - Ford + Bergner LLP Managing Partner, Don D. Ford III, and associate Stephen Crowder had the honor of speaking at a two day seminar on Probate and Estate issues hosted by the National Business Institute. The first day of the seminar took an in-depth look at the probate process (initial steps, common mistakes made by executors, asset issues, and Wills), while the second day covered disputes, insolvent estates, creditor issues, trusts, taxes, and final accountings. Mr. Ford was scheduled to ...
  • F+B Represents Guardian in Significant Estate Tax Issues April 2018 - F+B recently represented the guardian of his great-aunt’s estate in Limestone County, Texas. The case involved a guardianship estate of approximately $13 million, which consistent of significant money generated from some oil and gas leases inherited from the great-aunt’s grandparents. The case became was complicated by the provisions of the grandparents’ Wills from the 1950’s. Under those Wills, the grandparents gave a life estate in the mineral interests to the great-aunt but then left the remainder interest upon her death ...
  • F+B Represent Daughter Seeking Guardianship of her Elderly Mother March 2018 - F+B recently represented one of two daughters seeking guardianship of their elderly mother in Galveston County, Texas. In the case, F+B’s client had lived with her mother for the prior 3 years helping to take care of the ailing mother. During the time that they lived together, the mother’s condition had improved significantly, and the daughter had undertaken to make improvements to the mother’s home so that she had a safe environment. During the same 3 years, the mother’s other ...
  • F+B Represents Trust Beneficiary in Dispute with Trustee March 2018 - F+B recently represented an adult beneficiary of a series of trusts set up by his great-grandmother, who was the owner of a prominent Texas company. The trusts were set up to benefit generations of the family, but as happens in many families, a dispute arose as to the appropriate amount of distributions from the trust for one of the beneficiaries. The case involved allegations that certain family members suffered from substance abuse issues and that other family members were expended ...
  • Bringing Expert Probate Judges to Small Counties February 2018 - One of the advantages to living in the 10 largest counties in the state is that those counties have dedicated probate judges who handle only probate, guardianship, and trust cases. Because of the limited focus of these courts, the judges are generally considered to be expert judges in probate and guardianship issues. Some of these judges are board certified in estate planning and probate, but all of them focus exclusively in this area of law. By contrast, the other 244 ...
  • F+B Keeps Case From Being Transferred to Wrong Court February 2018 - F+B was recently hired to represent the executor of his deceased father’s estate in Corpus Christi. In the case, the executor’s sister had filed a motion to try to have the case transferred to Harris County, alleging that her father died as a resident of Harris County. The father lived in Corpus Christi for approximately 30 years prior to his death. He worked until a few months before his death when his health declined somewhat. Because of a fire in ...
  • F+B Settles Litigation Over Large Estate with Numerous Properties January 2018 - F+B has recently concluded its probate litigation representation of the surviving spouse of an elderly man who died in Bastrop County. Following his death, the Decedent’s children from his previous marriage contested his Will and the surviving spouse’s right to receive a portion of the estate. The Decedent and his wife married in 1996, and they lived in a home in Bastrop, Texas. During their marriage, they acquired numerous pieces of real property all over the state of Texas and ...
  • F+B Welcomes Attorney Matt Baughman to Lead its Estate Planning and Administration Section January 2018 - F+B kicked off 2018 by welcoming attorney Matt Baughman as a Senior Associate to the Firm. Mr. Baughman is Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate, and he has been selected to lead the firm’s Estate Planning and Administration Section as the Section Head. The Estate Planning and Administration Section of the firm handles the drafting of all of the estate planning documents for the firm’s clients as well as all of the uncontested probate, guardianship, and trust administration work in cases where no litigation is involved.
  • Legal Advice | Estate Planning Attorney | Houston Probate Attorney January 2018 - Three weeks into my career as an attorney, my first probate client walked into my office wanting to probate the Will of her deceased friend. When I looked at the Will, I immediately knew that we were going to have problems, and in fact, the probate of that Estate was the longest-lasting probate case of my career.
  • F+B Successfully Concludes 3-Year Guardianship and Trust Litigation Case January 2018 - F+B has recently concluded a very contentious guardianship and trust litigation case for a client that extended more than three-and- a-half years. In May 2014, F+B was retained to represent two siblings concerned that their sister was taking financial advantage of their uncle. The uncle never married or had any children of his own, and his nieces and nephew were his only living relatives. At issue, the uncle suffered a medical event which left him incapacitated and unable to make ...
  • F+B Wins Decisive Victory in Court of Appeals December 2017 - December, 2017 On November 30, 2017, the Dallas Court of Appeals issued its opinion in the case of Coyle v. Jones.  In that case, F+B represented Karen Coyle who is one of 3 daughters of Frances Hutchens.  Frances and her husband Stuart created a trust in 1996 and transferred all of their assets into the Trust.  They named Karen as the successor trustee when both Frances and Stuart had died.  Following Stuart’s death, Frances transferred some of the assets out of ...
  • Don D. Ford III Selected as Top Lawyer of Houston by Houstonia Magazine November 2017 - Ford + Bergner LLP is pleased to announce that Houstonia Magazine has selected Managing Partner Don Ford for inclusion in their 2017 list of Houston Top Lawyers. The list, released in early 2018, recognizes Mr. Ford as one of Houston’s top lawyers in the field of Wills, Trusts, and Estates, along with only 13 other Houston attorneys. Less than half of the attorneys selected to this year’s list also carry the distinction of being Board Certified by the Texas Board ...
  • F+B Partner Don Ford Active in Legislative Session June 2017 - The regular session of the Texas Legislature concluded on May 31, 2017.  During the 5-month session, several bills were introduced that addressed guardianship issues.  F+B Partner Don Ford was very active in this year’s legislative session.  Prior to the session, Mr. Ford was asked to collaborate with senators regarding potential guardianship improvements.  His suggestions resulted in the introduction of several guardianship bills, and at least one of those bills was adopted fully by the Legislature and the Governor.  Mr. Ford ...
  • F+B Wins Will Contest in Small East Texas Town June 2017 - June, 2017 Ford + Bergner LLP recently won a significant victory for a large client in a small town in East Texas. The case, which originally started out as a guardianship case, turned into a Will Contest when the proposed incapacitated person died. In the case, Dr. Michael Reichert was the beloved doctor of Mount Pleasant, Texas, two hours east of Dallas. At age 63, Dr. Reichert suffered a massive stroke that left him incapacitated for the last 18 months ...
  • Ford + Bergner Attorney Wins 2 Trials June 2017 - June, 2017 In January and February 2016, F+B attorneys  won back to back trial victories in two different cases that had the same issue.  In both cases, F+B’s clients were attempting to probate a Will more than 4 years after the date of the Decedent’s death.  Generally, it is not possible to probate a Will more than 4 years later, but an exception exists if you are probating the Will as a Muniment of Title only.  However, in order to ...
  • F+B Sends Opposing Counsel Running in Contested Guardianship March 2016 - March, 2016 Ford + Bergner LLP was recently hired to represent a client in a contested guardianship case in Collin County.  In the case, the client’s ex-husband filed for guardianship of their adult child.  The ex-husband, an attorney who was representing himself in the case, had obtained orders from the Court with improper evidence and without proper notice to all of the parties in the case. As soon as F+B was hired in the case, we filed Motions to set ...
  • Another F+B Lawyer Achieves Professional Distinction January 2015 - January, 2015 F+B Senior Associate T. Aaron Dobbs has become board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning and Probate Law.  Mr. Dobbs was one of only 15 attorneys in the entire state of Texas to become Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law in 2014, and he achieved this distinction on his first attempt. According to the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, more than 70,000 attorneys are licensed to practice law in Texas, but ...
  • Houston Attorney Mr. T. Aaron Dobbs Honored by Texas Bar Foundation January 2015 - January, 2015 Mr. T. Aaron Dobbs with Ford + Bergner LLP has been elected to membership in the Fellows of the Texas Bar Foundation . Fellows of the Foundation are selected for their outstanding professional achievements and their demonstrated commitment to the improvement of the justice system throughout the state of Texas. Election is a mark of distinction and recognition of Mr. Dobbs’s contributions to the legal profession. Selection as a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation is restricted to ...
  • How to Get Away With Breaching Your Fiduciary Duties November 2014 - November, 2014 It is often said that financial powers of attorney can be useful and inexpensive tools by which third parties are allowed to carry on the financial affairs of incapacitated persons.  While the prior statement is true, powers of attorney also grant broad and sweeping powers that can be misused. Click here for the full article
  • Ford + Berger’s Litigation Practice has Spectacular September October 2014 - October, 2014 F+B has closed out the month of September with a spectacular string of litigation successes for its clients. The following successes were achieved with the combined talents of all of the lawyers at the firm broken into teams handling litigation in several counties across Texas.  Below is a sample of these victories: •    Will Contest in Marlin, Falls County, Texas:  F+B was retained two months prior to trial to assist a group of personal injury lawyers in attempting ...
  • Managing Partner Don D. Ford III appointed to JBCC June 2014 - June, 2014 After serving on the Guardianship Certification Board since 2006, Ford + Bergner Managing Partner Don D. Ford III was appointed to the Judicial Branch Certification Commission by the Texas Supreme Court. The 9-member JBCC will combine the certification, registration, licensing, and compliance functions for court reporters, professional guardians, process servers, and licensed court interpreters.  The JBCC replaces the Guardianship Certification Board, Court Reporters Certification Board, and the Process Server Review Board, and transfers the Licensed Court Interpreter program ...
  • F+B Speaks at South Texas College of Law Real Estate Conference June 2014 - June, 2014 Ford + Bergner LLP Managing Partner, Don D. Ford III, recently had the honor of being asked to speak at the 29th Annual Real Estate Law Conference hosted by South Texas College of Law in Houston, Texas.  Most of those who attended the conference were attorneys who practice extensively in the real estate area.  Mr. Ford spoke to the attendees about the complex probate issues that can involve real estate transactions, and he helped them to understand the ...
  • F+B Houston Office Moving March 2014 - March, 2014 In conjunction with our 15th anniversary, Ford + Bergner LLP is excited to announce the relocation of our Houston offices to the iconic Bank of America building in downtown Houston.  With close proximity to the Harris County Courthouses and the heart of Houston’s booming economic center, our new offices complement our dynamic estate, trust and guardianship litigation practice and allow us to provide more robust services to our clients. Our new address is: 700 Louisiana Street 48th Floor ...
  • T. Aaron Dobbs Selected as Top Lawyer Under 40 in Texas Monthly Magazine March 2014 - March, 2014 T. Aaron Dobbs Selected as a Top Lawyer Under 40 in Texas Monthly Magazine T. Aaron Dobbs was recently recognized as a “Rising Star” in Estate & Trust Litigation in Texas Monthly Magazine’s 2014 Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition.  Mr. Dobbs was one of only eight Estate & Trust litigators in the State of Texas chosen for this designation.  No more than 2.5 percent of Texas lawyers are named to this distinguished list. Mr. Dobbs is a senior associate ...
  • Ford + Bergner Litigates Cases Across the State October 2013 - October, 2013 Ford + Bergner is a unique law firm because we are the only firm in the State of Texas that has offices in multiple cities practicing exclusively in the areas of estate, trust, and guardianship litigation.  Likewise, with 7 lawyers, F+B is one of the largest boutique estate and trust firms in the State.  As a result of our size and our multi-city offices, F+B is frequently called upon to handle litigation all across the State of Texas. ...
  • Don D. Ford III Asked to Serve on Supreme Court Task Force September 2013 - September, 2013 During the 2013 legislative session, the Texas Legislature enacted a new law that will combine 4 different regulatory specialty groups.  Among those groups is the Guardianship Certification Board, upon which Mr. Ford has served as a board member since 2006.  Under the new law, the functions of the GCB will be combined under one umbrella with 3 other existing boards – the Court Reporters Certification Board, the Process Server Review Board, and the Court Interpreters’ Board.  The new ...
  • It’s Going to be OK: Transition to the New Estates Code July 2013 - July, 2013 The Texas Probate Code will be replaced in 2014 with the Estates Code – a newer model that promises to be more accessible, more understandable, and more usable. While the Estates Code is one of the biggest things to happen in Texas probate law in over a half century, here are a few tips to help your transition to the new Code. Click here for the full article.
  • Powers of Attorney: Licenses to Steal June 2013 - June, 2013 Financial powers of attorney can be useful and inexpensive tools by which third parties are allowed to carry on the financial affairs of incapacitated persons.  However, powers of attorney also grant broad and sweeping powers that can be misused.  Accordingly, this paper broadly examines practical problems in the use of powers of attorney (or, in other words, why powers of attorney amount to licenses to steal).   Click here for the full article.
  • Estate Planning Makes Tax Sense February 2013 - February, 2013 Start planning now to protect the assets that you’ve spent long years earning By Jackie Ingles “Anyone with substantial assets in a small business should consider making gifts of their interest in the business during their lifetime to their children . . . If done correctly, the business owner can remove these assets from his estate while still maintaining control over the company until the point at which he is ready to relinquish control to his children.” -Don ...
  • Don D. Ford III | Christopher B. Heald | Probate Case August 2012 - August, 2012 F+B litigators Christopher B. Heald and Don D. Ford III have just returned a win in a tough contested probate case in Beaumont, Texas.  Most notably, however, is that the lawsuit was originally filed in 2004, but F+B was not hired until February 2012.  We were hired on a Monday morning for a trial set to begin 2 days later.  At issue in the case were several transfers of assets made prior to the Decedent’s death as well as demands ...
  • Don D. Ford III | Guardianship | Texas House Judiciary | Civil Jurisprudence Committee July 2012 - July, 2012 On Wednesday, July 11, 2012, F+B Managing Partner Don D. Ford III was invited to testify to the Texas House Judiciary and Civil Jurisprudence Committee.  He was there testifying as a representative of the Texas Guardianship Certification Board, which was created by legislative action in 2005.  Mr. Ford provided the committee with background as to the Board’s purpose and function, and he discussed the Board’s accomplishments since its inception. During the testimony, Mr. Ford answered questions from committee members regarding ...
  • Overcoming Ethical Challenges in Trust Administrations May 2012 - May, 2012 Attorneys representing clients in the context of trust administrations must navigate an incredible minefield of ethical issues. Attorneys in this arena can represent the trustee or can represent the beneficiary of the trust. Likewise, the attorney may be called on to serve as the trustee himself. The ethical challenges for attorneys in trust administrations are two-fold. First, the attorney has to consider the ethical challenges that affect the representation of his client(s), but second, he must also understand ...
  • Ford + Bergner LLP | Probate | Guardianship Litigation March 2012 - March, 2012 In early February, 2012, we received a call from a prospective client in a small town an hour or so away from Houston. The client called on a Friday afternoon regarding a case set for trial the following Wednesday morning. The client had been represented by a local lawyer in that town until September 2011 when the lawyer dropped out of the case because he was being pressured by other local lawyers in the town. It was clear ...
  • F+B Adopts a New “Look” August 2011 - August, 2011 On September 1, 2011, the “look” or “brand” that Ford & Bergner LLP had used since its inception in July 1999 changed completely, resulting in a new Ford + Bergner LLP with an updated logo and look. Over the years since 1999, F+B has changed significantly, and we believe that our updated logo, colors, and branding more accurately reflect the current attitudes of our firm. We have employed a more contemporary look and feel to reflect the contemporary ...
  • Don Ford Nominated to Become Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation May 2011 - May, 2011 F+B Partner Don Ford has recently been bestowed an honor reserved for very few attorneys in the state of Texas – a nomination to become a Fellow of the Texas Bar Foundation. Those who receive this honor are selected from 1/3 of 1% of all lawyers in the state of Texas, and according to the Foundation, selection is based on an outstanding record in the legal professional as well as a commitment to support the community at large. ...
  • F+B is Pleased to Announce that Aaron Dobbs has Rejoined the Firm March 2011 - March, 2011 In January 2011, F+B was pleased to welcome T. Aaron Dobbs back to the firm.  Mr. Dobbs worked at F+B throughout law school as a law clerk, and then he joined the firm initially as an associate in 2005.  In late 2006, he left F+B to move to Austin and serve as an attorney for the Texas Legislative Counsel.  The Counsel serves as the attorneys to the Texas Legislature and assists in the researching and drafting of potential ...
  • F+B Wins Decisive Victory in Court of Appeals February 2011 - February, 2011 On January 13, 2011, the Fourteenth Court of Appeals in Houston handed down its decision in the case Guyton v. Monteau, 14-09-00804-CV. F+B successfully represented Courtney Guyton in her appeal of the decision in the probate of her father’s estate. The Court of Appeals sustained every point raised on behalf of Guyton and took the extremely unusual step of not only sending the case back to the trial court for further action, but the Court of Appeals issued an Order requiring ...
  • F+B Partner Achieves Professional Distinction January 2011 - January, 2011 The Texas Board of Legal Specialization has recently released the names of its 2010 inductees receiving the designation as Board Certified attorneys in various practice areas. F+M Partner Don D. Ford III has achieved the distinction of becoming Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate. He was one of only three attorneys in Houston and one of only fourteen attorneys in the entire state of Texas to become Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate in 2010. Board Certification requires an ...
  • F+B Lawyers Chosen as 2011 Rising Stars December 2010 - December, 2010 Each year in April, Texas Monthly magazine releases its annual Super Lawyers Rising Stars Edition, which compiles listings across Texas of the top young lawyers in the State. Ford+Bergner is pleased to have two of its attorneys – including Managing Partner Don D. Ford III – listed in the magazine as rising stars in the areas of estate and trust litigation. According to the magazine, the process to be included as a Rising Star is a 3-step process. The editorial ...
  • Ford+Bergner Wins Appeal Against Judge October 2010 - October, 2010 Ford+Bergner currently represents a client in the small east-Texas town of Athens, where a brutal battle has been raging over the guardianship of an 84-year old gentleman with Alzheimer’s. The County Court, in an unprecedented move, granted guardianship of this gentleman without a proper hearing on the Application for Guardianship and without proper notice to the parties who are entitled to receive notice under the law. Such actions constitute a void exercise of the Court’s authority, which means ...
  • Thomas Horton Joins Ford+Bergner May 2010 - May, 2010 Ford+Bergner ispleased to announce that Thomas Horton has joined the firm as a Law Clerk. Mr. Horton is a 2009 graduate of Baylor University with a degree in Economics and a minor in History. While at Baylor, Thomas served in the Baylor Student Senate and as the President of his national fraternity, in addition to many other leadership roles on the Baylor Campus. For the last year,Horton hasbeen employedin the North Carolina national office of his fraternity where ...
  • F+B Partner Quoted in Article About Billionaire April 2010 - April, 2010 F+M partner Don Ford was quoted recently in an article entitled “Billionaire’s Heirs First to Win 2010 Estate Tax Jackpot,” which appeared on The Trust Advisor blog. Trust Advisor is a well-known internet blog and resource for information regarding trust, estate, and corporate issues. In the article, Ford was interviewed regarding the estate tax anomaly that exists in 2010 and that has received significant attention as a result of the death of Houston billionaire Dan Duncan. Duncan, who died on March 28, ...
  • Probate Judge Cites F+B Blog as a Valuable Resource November 2009 - November, 2009 Ford+Bergner is honored to have recently been acknowledged by San Antonio Probate Judge Tom Rickhoff as providing a value resource for probate and guardianship information through its blog.  Ford+Bergner frequently updates its Texas Probate & Guardianship Blog, which features regular articles, observations, and answers to frequently asked questions in the arena of probate and guardianship cases. Like Ford+Bergner, Judge Rickhoff operates and regularly updates a blog (www.tomrickhoff.blogspot.com), where he provides information and his observations about probate and guardianship issues.  He draws on his experiences as ...
  • F+B Partner Publishes Article on Guardianship Litigation November 2009 - November, 2009 The Texas Bar Association’s Litigation Section publishes a quarterly magazine, The Advocate, which is distributed to each of the section’s members. The Fall 2009 edition of the magazine, “Decedent’s Estates and Guardianships,” features articles written by some of the most prominent probate and guardianship attorneys around the state of Texas. Among the articles published in this edition of the magazine is an article entitled “What Every Litigator Should Know Before Accepting a Guardianship Litigation Engagement,” written by Ford+Bergner LLP partner Don Ford. ...
  • Appellate Practice Launches With A Decisive Win October 2009 - October, 2009 Ford+Bergner LLP has recently launched the firm’s Appellate Practice with a decisive win before the Tyler Court of Appeals in a case that was hotly contested. As previously reported in our Latest News column, Ford+Bergner represented clients in the appeal of a guardianship case in East Texas. In re: Peggy Fowler Redding was decided by the Tyler Court of Appeals in April 2007, and the Court ruled in our favor on every single point raised in the appeal. ...
  • F+B Partner Interviewed by Dallas TV Station September 2009 - September, 2009 F+M Partner Don Ford was interviewed recently as part of an investigative report series being run by Fox News 4 in Dallas. The series focuses on husband and wife Jean and Michael Kidd, who have been placed under a guardianship by the Probate Court in Collin County, north of Dallas. Allegations in the case indicate that the Kidds were not given an adequate opportunity to object to the guardianship, and that they have been placed in a run-down ...
  • Estate Planning |Houston Estate Attorney | Ford+Bergner July 2009 - July, 2009 In a decision issued on April 20, 2007, in the case Holmes v. Kent & Kent, the Texas Supreme Court addressed an important issue related to the effect of divorce on beneficiary designations signed pre-divorce on Texas Teacher Retirement System accounts. In the decision, the Court let stand a beneficiary designation of a former spouse after the divorce. Linda McWhorter retired from teaching and received benefits under the TRS system. As part of her benefits, she was entitled ...
  • Ford+Bergner LLP Celebrates Its 10th Anniversary July 2009 - July, 2009 On June 22, 2009, Ford+Bergner proudly celebrated its 10th anniversary as a law firm. In our 10 years, the firm has been very focused in providing quality service to clients exclusively in the areas of estate planning, probate, guardianships, and trust matters. In that time, we have served more than 1,500 clients in more than 20 counties across Texas. At the same time, the firm has grown from its original 2 partners in Houston to a firm of ...
  • F+B Dallas Office Wins Trial Victory in Probate Case March 2009 - March, 2009 F+M Attorney Brian Thomas recently won a decisive victory in a contested probate case in Dallas County. On behalf of his client, Mr. Thomas offered the Last Will and Testament of the client’s mother for probate. When he did, the client’s sister contested the Will on the basis that she was cut out of the Will completely. During the months leading up to the trial, Mr. Thomas elicited all of the proper witnesses to testify in his client’s ...
  • F+B Partner Contributes to Recently Published Book February 2009 - February, 2009 F+M partner Don Ford is a contributing author to a recently published book entitled Your Complete Guide to Leaving an Inheritance for your Children and Others. Ford was one of five attorneys from around the country asked to contribute case studies to this layman’s guide to estate and inheritance issues. The Guide covers a broad range of topics in a very easily-readable format. These topics include tips for starting to think about how you want to plan your ...
  • Ford+Bergner Launches Updated Website January 2009 - January, 2009 Ford+Bergner is proud to announce the recent launch of its completely updated website. The new site has an updated look and feel that more accurately represents our law firm. In addition to having an updated look and feel that we hope is easier to read, the site also has updated content and information about not only our law firm but also about topics related to the areas of law in which we practice. Likewise, the new site will ...
  • Brian Thomas Receives Appointment to Dallas Bar Association Committees November 2008 - November, 2008 Ford+Bergner LLP has a long-standing tradition of service to the legal community through participation on various service-oriented committees organized and operated through the local and state bar associations. F+M Attorney Brian Thomas has recently received appointment from the president of the Dallas Bar Association to the Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee. Mr. Thomas has previously served on the Elder Law committee for the Houston Bar Association, as well as being active in the Probate, Trusts and Estates section ...
  • F+B Partner Appointed Vice President of Bar Organization June 2008 - June, 2008 Ford+Bergner partner Don Ford was recently elected to serve as the vice president of the Board of Trustees of the Houston Lawyer Referral Service, which is one of the three major service organizations of the Houston Bar Association. HLRS is a free service offered to the public which allows them to obtain free referrals to pre-screened attorneys in various practice areas. Although the attorneys do not usually provide free services, through their membership in HLRS, they agree to ...
  • Partner Don D. Ford III Seeks Election to Houston Bar Association Board of Directors February 2008 - February, 2008 Don D. Ford III, the Managing Partner of Ford+Bergner LLP, has recently announced his candidacy to seek election to the prestigious Board of Directors of the Houston Bar Association. Selection for this position requires a vote of the membership of the Houston Bar Association, which consists of approximately 12,000 lawyers in Houston and the surrounding areas. Mr. Ford has been active in the Houston Bar Association and many of its activities and committees virtually since the beginning of ...
  • Ford+Bergner Recognized in Forbes Magazine April 2007 - April, 2007
  • Don Ford Selected Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America February 2007 - February, 2007 Ford+Bergner LLP, the only Texas law firm that specializes exclusively in estate planning, probate and guardianship serving both metro Houston and Dallas, today announced that its managing partner, Houston attorney Don D. Ford III, was recently selected to appear in the first edition of Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders. The directory, published by Marquis Who’s Who out of New Providence, N.J., features 25,000 men and women under 40 from across the world who are “achievers” and “exceptionally innovative, ...
  • Ford+Bergner LLP Announces Move to New Offices in Houston January 2007 - January, 2007 Ford+Bergner LLP is pleased to announce that the Firm will be relocating its Houston offices effective on approximately February, 1 2007. The Firm’s new address will be 5151 San Felipe, Houston, Texas 77056, and the Firm’s phone and fax numbers will remain the same. Ford+Bergner has officed in its current building for over 7 years. The move to new offices will afford the Firm to offer better facilities to its clients. For instance, the new offices will contain ...
  • The Guardianship Certification Board A Legislative Attempt at Protecting the Elderly January 2007 - January, 2007 Among the new developments and significant changes produced by the 79th Texas Legislature is the creation of the new Guardianship Certification Board. The Board is created pursuant to Senate Bill 6 of the 2005 Session, and its purpose is to establish a certification process for individuals, other than volunteers, who serve as private professional guardians or provide guardianship services to a ward of a guardianship program. The Board is composed of 15 total members ? 11 appointed by ...
  • Attorney J. Brian Thomas Joins Ford+Bergner LLP July 2006 - July, 2006 On August 1, 2006, attorney J. Brian Thomas joined Ford+Bergner LLP. Mr. Thomas is a 2001 graduate of Baylor University and a 2005 graduate of the Baylor University School of Law, where he concentrated in the areas of Estate Planning, Trusts, and Probate. During law school, Mr. Thomas was a member of the second place Mock Trial team in Baylor’s famous Practice Court program, and he served as an adjunct coach to Baylor’s undergraduate mock trial teams. Prior ...
  • Don D. Ford III Appointed to Texas Guardianship Certification Board March 2006 - March, 2006 AUSTIN – The Texas Supreme Court has recently announced its appointees to the newly-created Guardianship Certification Board. Houston attorney Don D. Ford III received one of the 11 appointments to the new state-wide Board charged with establishing and enforcing new criteria for persons or institutions serving as private professional guardians of individuals, which primarily affects incapacitated elderly individuals. The Guardianship Certification Board was recently created by the Legislature and will be comprised of a total of 15 members, ...
  • Dying Without a Will in Texas: What Happens? February 2006 - February, 2006 Question: Is it true that the state gets everything if I die without a Will? Concerned clients routinely ask this question expressing their concern in keeping the State from taking their hard-earned estate upon their deaths. Fortunately, the State does not take the property of someone dying without a Will. Instead, Texas law dictates how the assets of someone dying without a Will are divided upon their death. If you die without a Will, you are said to ...
  • Ford+Bergner Opens New Office In Dallas November 2005 - November, 2005 DALLAS – The very public battle of the life and death of Terri Schiavo, brought millions of Americans — some for the first time — face to face with the importance of medical directives and last will and testaments. Since Schiavo’s death last spring, Americans have come forward to educate themselves on how to prepare themselves and their families for such unexpected but possible tragedy. To respond to the public’s demand for education on and preparation of wills, ...